Left to right, Ruth Reid and Jesse Reid. PHOTO COURTESY OF HUNTINGTOWN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Huntingtown, MD – Ruth N. Reid, who has served on the Calvert County Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board) since 2012, died Thursday, March 31. She was 83.

Reid, a Huntingtown resident, was a retired teacher who was known for her volunteerism in the community. The Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department (Company 6) web site noted that Reid was a life member of company who had once served as its secretary. “Ruth was dedicated to helping others and serving Huntingtown and its surrounding communities,” state Company 6 Chief Michael Clark Jr.

Reid was also active in the Calvert County Branch of the NAACP and Plum Point United Methodist Church.

In a 2002 interview with the Calvert Independent after she was named Calvert County’s Most Beautiful Person, Reid explained how she moved to Calvert County to accept a teaching position. The offer from Calvert County Public Schools came just a few days before she was tendered an offer by the Philadelphia school system. Having already said yes to Calvert, she moved to Southern Maryland and became a prominent member of the community.

Her husband Jesse Reid, was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners in 1981, becoming the first African-American to serve on that panel.  Both Jesse and Ruth Reid were active Republicans and Ruth Reid collected ceramic elephants, the GOP’s familiar symbol.

Ruth Reid was appointed to the Calvert Liquor Board by then-Governor Martin O’Malley and reappointed last year by Governor Larry Hogan to serve a two-year term. She was in attendance at the board’s March meeting, just six days before her death.

A visitation service for Ruth Reid will be held Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at Hall at Huntingtown in the Company 6 headquarters. A memorial service will follow at 2:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in Mrs. Reid’s name to the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com